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Recognize the opportunity

Meredith Farkas has pulled together a series of her thoughts about the impact of COVID-19 on libraries. This statement made me feel particularly seen: “While my commitment to my place of work feels deeply broken, my commitment to the people I work with is stronger than ever. And I’m struggling with the conflicted feelings all […]

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Collaborating for a holistic approach

In “Attending To the Whole Student: Higher Ed’s 2016 Trend,” Steven Bell writes: “As collaborators, academic librarians already work with residential life, student services, career centers, and other academic and social support staff to contribute to any effort to meet students where and when the need for help arises. […] Academic librarians are proving themselves […]

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Inventing the future: finding the adjacent possible in libraries

Because if 100% of your time is devoted to maintaining the status quo, when do you invent the future? -Andromeda Yelton, You Say You Want a Revolution: ebooks, licensing, and the future This quote comes at the end of a discussion of ebook licensing and the future of digital text. The topic is important in its […]

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Meaningful integration: personal and transformative change in academic libraries

The popularity of embedded librarian programs in academic libraries is no doubt one result of the profession’s need to redefine its service model in a time of dramatic changes in information architecture, production, and access. As Alison Head and Michael Eisenberg’s 2009 report, “Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age” [pdf], […]

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Making connections in online LIS programs

I’m a huge advocate for building and engaging in online communities. Recently, I wrote an article for the SLIS Descriptor, a publication of San Jose State University’s ALA Student Chapter, detailing how and why LIS students should get involved in communities online. The mind can discover some remarkable things when moved beyond the pressures of […]